Often in life we have things that we struggle with. What seems to be the right thing to do, may not always feel like the best thing to do. When that happens it is best to sit quite and pray. Just listen to what is going on around you and in you. Look for the guidance that is there, when that guidance comes follow it and it won’t lead you astray.
With all that said, I bring some sad news…The Recovery Room Podcast will be closing its doors at the end of August 2012. It is not all sad, I am building a site (in fact if I have done it right, you should be reading this on that site!) where all the shows will be archived so you will be able to listen and share all the past shows.
For the five of you that area actually reading this, I am sure you are asking why. Please let me take a moment and explain.
On my best weeks I had 5,500 downloads and on my worst weeks I have around 3,000 downloads. But, it has come to my attention that the company that I am working with to get these numbers may not be reporting them accurately. Which is very is disheartening; however, it does help me explain my next point a little simpler.
Ether the numbers are WAY off or I have the worst audience in the history of podcasting. Over the last year or two I have done my best to engage the listeners that are supposedly there, now don’t get me wrong…there are a handful of people out there that have done as I have asked, have done their best to help, and have even come on the show…I am talking about (again if they are really there) the people that download the show more than once, never interact with me on Twitter, never talk with me on Facebook, they do not comment on the show, no one calls in during the “ask me anything” episodes that I have done in the past, and…and this will lead to my next point…only a few people have used the Amazon link on the page, and that was when I was giving all the funds away.
Why is this last point so important? Because to run a podcast takes money; there are servers to pay for, the mobile app cost money, the equipment cost money, and so on and so forth. Without people using the Amazon link on the homepage the podcast does nothing but hemorrhage money. This podcast has become cumbersome for me to foot the bill without the support of the listeners, and maybe this is my fault.
And this leads me to my final point. When I started the Recovery Room I had a vision, I had a point, I had a goal. I feel now that in the drive to get more listeners and try to drive traffic I started to stray from my original vision. Every time I take in training or read a piece giving advice on how to make a podcast better, they always say the same thing…stay focused on the topic at hand. Maybe I have not done that to the best of my ability; maybe I sold my soul in the name of trying to make money. Maybe, I have let the listeners down.
But no matter how I look at it, no matter what angle I try to attack this from…the end is always the same. It is closing time.
Now! This is not to say that I am leaving the world of podcasting or social media all together. I am working on a new podcast with an awesome group of guys, which I am very excited about. I am also doing some behind the scenes work for a few other groups. So I am here. You may not see or hear me. But I am here. The other thing I would like to say is that the Recovery Room may comeback someday in another form, with another name, but for now…it is time to shut it down.
The last thing I feel I need to say is thank you.
Thank you to the people that took an hour or more out of their busy lives to help me with my vision. Thank you to the people that offered advice and support. Thank you to few people that have used the Amazon link. Thank you to those of you that did interact with me and the show. Thank you to those that saw what I was trying to do and supported me. You have not gone unnoticed.